After posting the last bits of my Paris book collection, I got some brilliant recommendations from you guys in the comments for more books about Paris. So I did a little browsing both at the bookstore and at the library, and added a few books to my reading list. And after taking a ridiculously long time in reading the three books, I thought I’d finally share my thoughts on them.
3 BOOKS ABOUT PARIS
This book was so far up my street that I want to move in and live there. It’s a true story written by Elizabeth Bard, who moved to Paris after a whirlwind romance with a handsome French man. It’s a love story, filled with mouthwatering descriptions of French food and a few recipes tucked in as well. Elizabeth Bard is not only a girl after my own heart, but also hilariously funny. As far as books about Paris go, this one went straight to the top of my favourites list.
This book had pretty much everything going for it. A man running a little bookshop on a boat on the Seine, who believes that there’s a right book for every situation? Sounds like something I’d love! Unfortunately it wasn’t. It’s a book about a sad old man, who has spent his life pining over a lost love. And for the most part it’s not even set in Paris. It took me about two months (!) to get through this book, since the plot just wasn’t gripping to me and the writer’s style was so ramble-y and long-winded.
A Paris Apartment was also inspired by true events. The book starts when April, a furniture specialist, finds out about an apartment that has been locked up for seventy years. And then begins to discover the story of the exceptional woman that once lived there. It took me a while to get in to this novel. But as both the parallel stories start to deepen, I got completely hooked on it. If you love the old Paris of artists, writers and courtesans, you’ll love this book.
Have you read any good books about Paris recently?